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Education welfare services
The role of the Education Welfare Service (EWS) is to ensure
that children and young persons of school age receive the
opportunity for appropriate education in relation to their age and
abilities and attend school.
When a referral is received from either a school, a parent or
another agency, the EWS investigates. In cases of non-attendance at
school, suspected truancy and/or persistent lateness, it will make
immediate contact with parents. Parents or other agencies can use
online form to make a referral.
There can be meetings with teaching staff and other agencies and
mediation between the school and the family to provide advice and
support for young people and their families.
Where repeated non-attendance occurs, cases are presented in the
Magistrates and Family Proceedings Courts.
The EWS receives and processes all requests for work permits for children,
undertaking the necessary checks and obtaining medical consent
through to the issue of the permit to the child and the employment
card to the employer.
Requests for child performance and matron's licences are
also received and processed by the EWS, which checks the
authenticity of documents such as birth certificates, photographs,
school permission and medical certificates. The service issues the
licences when all the appropriate checks have been completed.
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